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Fierce fighting near Jaffna
Intense fighting continued on Jaffna's doorstep for the second day today between Sri Lankan security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), threatening to spill over into the key northern Jaffna town, home to over five lakh civilians.

'No change in Indian policy'
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today ruled out any change in India's policy in the event of fall of Jaffna to the LTTE.

Israeli jets for Sri Lanka
While the LTTE continues its ``all-out'' offensive on Jaffna, Sri Lanka has acquired new fighter jets from Israel and is awaiting a shipload of arms from Pakistan, highly placed Government sources here said.

 Solheim satisfied with talks
India and Norway concluded their talks on Sri Lanka today on with the broad understanding that there is no contradiction between their respective efforts to promote peace in the island nation.

'Virtual bandh' in six States
Claiming ``virtual bandh'' in six States and a ``favourable response'' in rest of the country to its call for a general strike today, leaders of the National Platform of Mass Organisations (NPMO) today asserted that the intensity of the mass action had shown the ``depth of crisis facing the country'' and the Government should learn a lesson.

Fine slapped on Delhi Govt.
The Supreme Court today imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000 on the Delhi Government for its failure to implement the court orders to check discharge of untreated domestic waste water and industrial effluent into the Yamuna river.

 Laloo Yadav released
The RJD president, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav, was today released from Beur jail following a Patna High Court order granting him provisional bail for a period of three months in a disproportionate assets case, an offshoot of the fodder scam.

 Spotlight on Aastha, but there were others
A baby girl, Aastha, born at the Safdarjung Hospital here today made history as she was officially recognised the one billionth Indian. Born at 5.05 a.m., the girl was selected randomly for a symbolic representation of the population crossing the one billion mark. An average of 70,000 children were born ``unsung'' in the country today.


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